Re: [feline-heart] Pongo's Going
- Dear Melinda,
You and Pongo are in my thoughts and prayers. The best we can
hope for our kitties is a painless,peaceful passing. I hope it will
be this way for Pongo,
----- Original Message -----
From: brunobaby <brunobaby@...>
Sent: Friday, January 26, 2001 2:46 PM
Subject: [feline-heart] Pongo's Going
> A major shock this afternoon.
> I knew something was wrong when Pongo didn't wake me at dawn. When we got
> up to feed him, he ate a little breakfast and some of his meds, but then
> seemed very tired and went back to sleep. My husband said he'd fed him a
> lot last night, so we thought maybe he wasn't hungry, but he agreed to
> watch him.
> Then at lunchtime, my husband, who's been working from home, called me to
> say that something was very wrong. Pongo had suddenly slumped over in his
> cardboard carton bed with his eyes glazed over, making an unearthly sound.
> We called the vet. We rushed him in.
> Lungs: Clear.
> Stomach: Clear.
> Heart: Major tachycardia.
> The EKG was complete arrhythmia.
> The vet said, "He's flatlining. If he were a human right now, he'd be in
> emergency room with a defibrillator." Our choices were that we could bring
> him to the Animal Medical Center, which has a defibrillator, but with the
> heart that hypertrophied, the defibrillation would only last for a minute.
> And the stress and terror would do him more harm than good.
> Our other choice is to give him a megadose of Inderal tonight and tomorrow
> morning, and then bring him in for another EKG tomorrow morning if he
> it through the night.
> Meanwhile, take him home and keep him comfortable. There's nothing more to
> be done.
> "Are we talking about putting him to sleep?"
> "Only if there were pain and suffering." Which would be more likely with
> congestive heart failure or thrombosis. With this scenario -- and if there
> has to be one, this is the best -- is that he would be more likely to die
> peacefully in his sleep.
> And this may be as soon as tonight.
> The vet spoke to us for a long time. He said that we'd done everything we
> could for him, and that he's been a tough cat, far exceeding anyone's
> expectations at his diagnosis a year and a half ago.
> Pongo's sitting in the kitchen right now. He's had a little food and a
> little meds. Mostly what he looks is more tired than I've ever seen an
> animal look in its life. He doesn't look like he's in pain or suffering,
> just like he's about to go to sleep. He looks very low energy, mostly like
> he's tired and a little cranky. Like he wants to be left in peace and
> to do the job we all have to do someday.
> He's turned around before, but I've never seen him like this.
> I'll keep you posted on any further developments.
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